A couple of Mondays ago Ariel broke the headpiece (piece that goes behind the ears) of her bridle. Unfortunately you can't buy the individual pieces of a bridle, fortunately I know how to make them!
Luckily the headpiece is the easiest part of the bridle to make. As Ariel's bridle is a show bridle the throatlash is a separate piece, this meant I didn't even need to sew on a buckle :) I also lucked out on having a piece of black bridle leather that was long enough & the right width.
Friday morning, before heading of to Silverwolf, I went down to the barn to meet up with the vet... it was time for Ariel's yearly check up... teeth were floated, vaccines were given.
When I brought her in I noticed she had some weird marks on her back end:
I could not fathom what had caused them... looked too high for kick scuffs & they weren't painful for her...
Mystery was solved tonight, I asked Wendi... muddy tail lashes! If they had been further forward I probably would have figured it out but seeing them up on her butt like that was kinda odd... that's quite the angle she's got to get.
It took me over an hour to get my horse clean before I could ride her... rubber curry comb to get the mud off, stiff brush to get the worst of the dust off & then a soft brush to get the dust out of her actual coat... here are some before & after pictures take with my phone( Pictures... )
Anyway I Google "trotting pole distances" & get lots of good sensible equestrian sites... nothing that looks dodgy as far as I can tell. There's one that's www.equestrianandhorse.com/training/pole_work.html which I'm pretty sure is a legit equestrian site with what I need on it... however I have no way of confirming that because my work took one look at "pole_work" and gave me this message:
However I did find:
Trotting poles are an average of 4 to 4 1/2 feet apart, depending on the stride of the horse. If you are working in a group setting with many different sized horses, you'll just have to watch them and adjust them to the average distance.
Canter poles may be spaced anywhere from 9 to 12 feet, again depending on the horse and also on how forward the horse is moving and what comes after the canter poles. I would try about 10 feet first and then adjust accordingly.
On average a horse will canter 3.65 meters with every canter stride and you need to allow approximately 1.9 for take off and 1.9 for landing when jumping from canter.
The distance in between poles on average is:
Walk poles - 0.90cm apart.
Trot poles - 1.25 m apart.
Canter - 3 m apart.
One stride double - 5.5 to 6m when approached from trot and 5.5 to 7.5 when approached from canter.
A two stride double - 11 to 14 m when approached in canter.
Related four/five stride double - 18 to 25 m.
Bounce from trot - 2.75 to 3.65 m
Bounce from canter -3.65 to 4 m.
Where and how you place the poles may depend on your purpose in setting ground poles in the first place. If your intention is to get the horse to pay attention to his feet and adjust his stride, you may want to vary the distance. If you are working on the rider's ability to judge distances and set the horse up properly, the specific distances, based on the horse's stride may be in order.
So how do you go about inlaying copper into iron?
Anglo-Scandinavian, possibly from southern England
Iron inlaid with copper alloy
10 x 5 1/2 in. (25.4 x 14 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1947 (47.100.23)
Though the Vikings are best known as seafaring warriors, through contact with Europe they grew ever more adept as cavalrymen. Changes in stirrup design gave a tactical advantage in that they permitted a warrior to shift his weight onto the stirrups and thereby wield his weapons with greater height and force. This stirrup, decorated with a distinctive technique of iron inlay, is of a type found in England and may have been introduced in the renewed Viking attacks at the end of the tenth century.
Info from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
So... I've been thinking about making a set of fabric heraldic barding
using applique... I know very little about it & nothing about how it was done in period... I was wondering if the hive mind had any pointers for me!
I have been browsing the classifieds for a horse trailer... there's a very nice one for sale right now so I sent off a little enquiry. The problem is that I can't afford a trailer AND a truck at this point in time (a trailer's pushing it!) Why is this a problem?... Buy a trailer & rent a truck... nope... rental companies will not let you tow with their trucks... voids the insurance apparently.
Well that puts a kibosh on taking Ariel anywhere.